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The Valley Breeze & Observer 10-15-2020

The Valley Breeze Newspapers serving the Northern Rhode Island towns of Cumberland, Lincoln, Woonsocket, Smithfield, North Smithfield, Pawtucket, North Providence, Scituate, Foster, and Glocester

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10 ON THE CAMPAIGN TRAIL OCTOBER 15-21, 2020 | VALLEY BREEZE & OBSERVER | SMITHFIELD SCITUATE FOSTER GLOCESTER and economic hub of our community, and we need to re-focus our attention on them to encourage more mixed- used development to spur more eco- nomic activity,"Archetto said. "We need a complete review of our zoning code, village overlay restric- tions, and water needs to make our villages more business friendly and inviting. This can only be done by someone who understands planning issues and has the ability to seek out grants and incentives that are avail- able at the state and federal level, like a town planner. "The only way we can get relief from rising property tax bills is by creating a vibrant small business com- munity in our town, and that must first start with our historic village," she noted. Continued from page 9 SCITUATE TOWN COUNCIL SCITUATE SCHOOL COMMITTEE SCITUATE TOWN MODERATOR Dias wants to finish financial work SCITUATE – Carolyn Dias, Democrat, is seeking another term on the Scituate School Committee to use her experience to eliminate the remaining deficit and address fiscal challenges presented by COVID-19, she said. "I believe this great town can have the best schools in the state." During her term on the Scituate School Committee beginning in 2018, schools received financial support to improve programs that would provide a competitive edge over other districts, she said, and due to modest increases and the elimination of wasteful spending, the school deficit was dra- matically reduced from $1.2 million to $320,000. She said, "Starting in 2010, Scituate schools were level-funded until 2014. Small increases were budgeted to schools through 2017. The average annual increase was less than 1 per- cent during this time period and teach- ers didn't receive instructional tools including technology to adequately serve children. Scituate schools – once considered the best in the state – fell to the middle of the pack." Pendergast seeks support from Scituate voters SCITUATE – Democrat Kevin Pendergast says if elected to the Scituate School Committee he will bring a wealth and depth of knowl- edge on school safety, school culture and the social and emotional well- being of children. A former sargent for the Scituate Police Department, he said he previ- ously served as a school resource offi- cer for 12 years and was instrumental in developing and implementing the school's emergency response plan, Scituate's Truancy Court for absent and tardy students, and through his collaboration with the State Police allowed Scituate to be the first district to connect school IT systems to the state's law enforcement systems. Active in his community, Pendergast said he has served as the president of the Scituate Foster Little League, coached Scituate girls' bas- ketball and softball leagues and is a member of Scituate Students Against Destructive Decisions and the Scituate Lions. Venditelli to support local debates as moderator SCITUATE – Despite having his own political views, Steven Venditelli said he is running as an unaffiliated candidate for town moderator to pro- vide Scituate with an impartial and politically neutral voice. Continues on next page

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